Ear wax is a waxy substance also known as ‘cerumen’ that occurs naturally in the ear.
What is sebum?
Sebum is a compound made up of mostly fatty acids secreted from the sebaceous glands located in the skin. Waxy or oily in nature, sebum is believed to lubricate and waterproof the skin and hair of mammals. This substance mixes with the oily secretions from the ceruminous sweat glands in the ear to create cerumen.
What does cerumen do?
Cerumen, or ear wax, is believed to assist in lubricating and cleaning the ear canal as well as protecting the inner ear from possible bacterial infections and fungi. It also protects the delicate inner ear by forming a waterproof lining around the ear canal.
How is cerumen removed from the ear?
In most cases, ear wax naturally works its way out of the body via normal facial and jaw movements. However, cerumen can occasionally build up in the ear, causing a blockage. When this happens, you may need assistance to remove the ear wax buildup.
An easy way to assist the removal of excess ear wax is with WAXSOL ear drops. View our how-to-use video here.
*E. Haahtu, T. Nikkari, O. Koskinen “Fatty Acid Composition of Human Cerumen” Scandinavian Journal of Clinical & Laboratory Investigation, 1960, Vol.12, No.2: P 249-250